Barr. Itote Damisa, regarded as one of the most vocal S.U.G president of Edo state owned Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma has ever had gave his view on Edo politics via a facebook post on 27th September just before Edo went to polls.
Damisa who was president in 2011 led the students in a march against government increase in school fees at that time still remains a favorite among the student community
Candidate of the APC, Mr. Godwin Obaseki won the election held on 28th September ahead of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP
EDO DECIDES: THE EMERGENCE OF YOUNGER SETS OF LEADERS THROUGH IZE-IYAMU.
By the grace of Almighty God, Edo State will be having another date with destiny come tomorrow the 28th day of September, 2016.
Like I have always done at critical electioneering moments, I have once again taken a fair, objective, credible and balanced analysis of the Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole’s tenure as Edo State governor.
My conclusion is simple: the first four years were not really wasted years.
However, this last term has fallen abysmally poor and below the expectations of discerning minds in Edo State.
Forget the sustained media hype and propaganda. Those on ground know better.
A man who rose to power purely on populist policies suddenly began to enact and evolve anti-people’s policies and laws and throwing caution to the wind left, right and centre.
From plainly telling a poor widow to ‘go and die’ to displaying acts not befitting the status of a governor.
This is a man who ought to be seen as a positive role model to younger Edo people.
In fairness to the out-going Edo State Governor, this is not his election. It is Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s election. It is Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s election. It is Edo People’s election.
But he has a lot to do while selling his candidate. His actions will make or mar Obaseki’s guber ambition tomorrow.
And if opinion polls around the nooks and crannies of Edo State are anything to go by, Mr. Governor has not been able to sell the candidacy of his boy well to Edo people. This resulted to the forced postponement of the election three weeks ago.
The outcome of tomorrow’s exercise will tell if the postponement has done any good. I doubt if it has anyway!
I am very worried about the very hot and heated desperation of the APC and the governor all through the electioneering process.
The opposition candidate has consistently been denied the used of public facilities; including stadium, public fields, state media etc for campaign purposes.
Bill boards and posters belonging to Pastor Ize-Iyamu have been wantonly brought down while those of Godwin Obaseki, the APC governorship candidate are offensively littered across the streets of Edo especially in the metropolis.
Apart from this brazen acts of oppression, Oshiomhole has also turned the APC rallies to theatre of drama and avenue to endlessly rain insults and abuses on his political opponents and distinguished Edo sons and daughters.
While displaying embarrassing styles of dance steps, we no longer hear ‘One Man, one Vote, One woman, one vote,’ or his ‘rig and roast’ comments at these rallies.
What we hear is foul languages and gutter words that do no befits the status of the number one citizen of an intellectually conscious state like Edo.
The governor single-handedly imposed the APC’s Standard bearer and the running mate on his party with no input from party leaders; including the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun.
My question is, what is Oshiomhole trying to hide by these acts of desperation? Your guess may be as good as mine!
These kinds of crude, insensitive and puerile politics easily turn me off and that’s why the Obaseki’s candidacy had since turned me off!
Tomorrow (Wednesday) brings an opportunity to collectively usher in a government of newer, vibrant, versatile, progressive, articulate, proactive, pragmatic, rational, and sensitive leaders only if we cast our ballots for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP.
I believe that with Ize-Iyamu as governor, the emergence of a new crop of younger and godly leaders is guaranteed!
In conclusion, I urge the all Edo citizens to be vigilant tomorrow. The current administraion came to be on the template of free and fair election.
INEC must sustain and re-enact the script of credible polls in Edo State.
Anything short of a fair and transparent process may be counterproductive in this recession period.
An hungry man is an angry man and an hungry man in recession is a very very angry and violent man!
I will therefore help the governor to shout “One Man, One Vote, One Woman, One Vote, One Youth, One Vote, One Governor, One Vote”
Edo youths, please, let’s take this chance for the future is NOW!